Images are from Fall/Winter 2010, the material is hand harvested willow and basswood bark fiber, and industrial felt. The photos are documentation of a number of material studies that I was experimenting in anticipation of larger scale work with the bark material.
Inspired by the expressive movement that I had found at the culmination of my drawing workshop, I began to think about capturing that sort of movement through the action of light. These pieces are inspired by the work of Laddie John Dill and Olafur Eliasson, and the line quality of Abstract Expressionism.
This piece arose last year out of an intensive study of Darwinian theory. At the culmination of this study, I began to re-examine man’s relationship with the spaces that he is surrounded by. In my work, I began to consider the small sections of rather unloved green space that are surrounded by roads, highways, and pavement. I consider this piece to be a “Core Sample” of unloved earth, biological competition at work.
None of the plants present in the piece were intentionally planted or cultivated, but only grew according to the theory that any specific niche will eventually become filled with a specific lifeform. The shipping pallet takes the place of both a pedestal and a means of movement, symbolic of the universality of this piece of earth.
So, while I’m getting my camera up and running to bring you current pictures of current work as it happens, I’ll go ahead and post another “Best of” piece from last year. This piece is the culmination of a years worth of study on Buckminster Fuller’s principles of synergetic/energetic systems and tensegrity structures.
The suspended piece is constructed from thirty sections of galvanized tubing, held together with nylon cord. Slightly under six-foot tall, the piece is very resilient, and takes on a springiness akin to that of a rubber ball.
For this piece, “An Attempt to Tip the Scales”, I set up an outdoor gallery space at a secluded urban stream, and held a gallery opening for the fish that inhabit the space. The featured painting served as an opportunity to discuss the art world with an entirely different audience, namely, fish.
Through the duration of the piece, the emphasis of the dialogue began to shift from an inter-species dialogue on the nature of art to a platform for venting current frustration with the art world.